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Weiner doesn’t want to talk about Spitzer

Anthony Weiner. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid) Anthony Weiner. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is not interested in discussing Eliot Spitzer, who announced his campaign for New York City comptroller Sunday night.

“I’m not paying a great deal of attention to the ins and outs of other races. I think everyone was surprised. But it hasn’t changed my life at all,” Weiner told reporters Monday. According to the New York Observer, he repeatedly avoided referencing Spitzer by name.

At the same time, Weiner acknowledged that because his campaign is "doing so amazingly well," he may have inspired Spitzer's comeback. Weiner has been rising in polls, although his high unfavorable numbers mean there's likely a ceiling on his support.

Spitzer has a better shot at victory than Weiner does. And the former governor did attract a press scrum that could make even Weiner jealous:

But anyone looking for a "disgraced politicians" alliance will have to wait. Of course, beyond resigning amid sex scandals, the two don't have much in common.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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